Last night, Phil Lesh celebrated his 76th birthday at the Capitol Theatre, backed by a Q-esque lineup of Friends that included Eric Krasno, Warren Haynes, John Molo, and Rob Barraco. The party was a two-set rocking affair at the Port Chester, NY venue, bringing out some of the best Grateful Dead tunes for the occasion.Fortunately, as taping has been a Grateful Dead tradition since the 1960’s, taper Dave Malloy has provided full show audio of the performance. There are a handful of videos that had previously surfaced, but this is the first full-listen for fans who were unable to attend.Tune in below:Also, check out a handful of videos from the show, captured by misteryeager:“Help On The Way”“Just A Little Light”“Shakedown Street”Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 3/15/16Set One: Help on the Way (RB) > Slipknot! > Just a Little Light (WH), Doin’ That Rag (RB), Let It Rain (WH), Althea (RB, WH), Bertha (RB)Set Two: Shakedown Street (WH) > Viola Lee Blues (PL, RB, WH), Eyes of the World (PL) > Playing in the Band (RB) > Lady with a Fan (PL) > Terrapin Station (PL, WH) > Morning Dew (WH), Happy Birthday to Phil!Encore: Standing on the Moon (WH)
Last weekend, the jam band moe. spent three glorious nights in the Big Apple. Starting off at the intimate Stage 48 before moving to the larger PlayStation Theater, this is a band that is playing in their prime. Between the Star Wars-inspired musicians, the guest stars, and just the band doing what they do best, it’s truly a treat to be a fan. Thanks to Paul Citone Photograhy, we have some great images from all three shows. Enjoy them below! For a full gallery of images from Paul Citone, see below: Load remaining images
The beloved trio known as Moon Hooch began innocently enough, with three music students busking in the subways of New York City. Those days are long in the past now, however, as their approach to dance music has cemented their place as musical innovators. With two horn players, Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen, alongside drummer James Muschler, the band creates an intoxicating sonic display with each and every performance.With two albums in the books, Moon Hooch is gearing up for their third-ever release, Red Sky. Due out on June 10th, Moon Hooch’s new release pushes the boundaries even farther, using electronic technology to add mystifying effects to their organic instrumentation. The new elements of Moon Hooch’s music are almost too innumerable to count: Electronic Wind Instruments, a “Reverse DJ” setup with saxophone sounds running through Ableton, vocal contributions from Wilbur, and more.Not only that, but Muschler travelled to India to immerse himself in percussion-oriented music. The band also champions meditation and environmental causes, and themes of consciousness – both self and environmental – run rampant throughout the release. At the heart of Moon Hooch is dance music, which is the cornerstone of Red Sky.With the new album due out in just a few short weeks, the band has offered us a first listen single premiere. Tune in to “Booty House” from Moon Hooch’s upcoming Red Sky release, below.Wilbur spoke to us about the creation of “Booty House,” saying, “This track was made in our old basement in Brooklyn after smoking a large spliff. It was a time where as a joke I would blast happy hardcore music and dance around the house. I guess that influenced this track.”You can pre-order Red Sky by following this link. Be sure to check out the band on the road throughout Europe and North America; full schedule below.Moon Hooch Tour DatesMay 27 – Norwich, UK – Norwich Arts FestivalMay 30 – Bristol, UK – The LanternMay 31 – Liverpool, UK – Arts ClubJune 1 – Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABCJune 2 – Bergen, Norway – Nattjazz FestivalJune 12 – Newport, UK – Isle of Wight FestivalJune 16 – Hammonton, NJ – BearfestJune 18 – Wurtsboro, NY – Destination MoonJune 24 – Londonderry, VT – Frendly GatheringJune 25 – Stratford, CT – Two Roads Brewing CompanyJune 27 – Edmonton, Canada – TD Edmonton International Jazz FestivalJune 28 – Vancouver, Canada – TD Vancouver International Jazz FestivalJune 29 – Victoria, Canada – TD Victoria International Jazz FestivalJune 30 – Montreal, Canada – Montreal Jazz FestivalJuly 2 – Lewes, UK – Love Supreme FestivalJuly 12 – Manchester, UK – Band on the WallAugust 11 – Darrington, WA – Summer Meltdown FestivalAugust 13 – Tamarack, ID – Huckleberry JamSeptember 17 – Liverpool, UK – Arts Club Loft
Renowned venue Irving Plaza was the site of an unfortunate tragedy last week, as one fan at a T.I. concert was killed after a shooting inside the venue. Owned and operated by Live Nation, the corporate ticket promoter has cancelled a number of shows at both Irving and their Gramercy Theatre in response to the shooting.Irving Plaza was scheduled to host Joey Bada$$ tonight, but that show has been cancelled. Additional performances at Irving, including Mac Miller on Friday and Vince Staples on Saturday, were also cancelled. Furthermore, Live Nation cancelled Appetite for Destruction’s Friday night show, Black Pistol Fire’s Saturday night show, and YG’s Monday night show at Gramercy Theatre.While safety at concerts is of course an important concern, it’s just as troubling to think that one incident could set off a chain reaction that thwarts live music in New York City. Hopefully these measures are temporary while new security checkpoints are implemented, but it’s interesting to look at the shows that were cancelled. Four of them, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Vince Staples, and YG, are hip hop artists, and the other two, Appetite for Destruction and Black Pistol Fire, have band names that are directly linked to guns (Appetite is a Guns N’ Roses cover band). Does this mean that the perceived threat of violence has outweighed the right for live music?It’s an interesting debate, certainly, but for now, these shows will not be happening.[H/T The Gothamist]
Over the weekend, local authorities working the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival made a major drug bust on the festival grounds. Brian Anthony Wiley, 29, and Trevor Franklin Watson III, 24, both of Chattanooga, were arrested on multiple drug-related charges after local deputies were tipped off and discovered the two men selling and distributing “a very large amount of drugs” to festival attendees.According to a report from Coffee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lucky Knott via ABC13 News: “Deputies found Wiley to be in possession of 202 jars of THC oil, weighing about 15 milliliters; two bags of mushrooms, weighing about 7 grams each; three bags with about 60 panes of blotter acid; 241 bags of about 120.5 grams of what is believed to be Ketamine; 22 bags of a white powdery substance weighing about 144.5 grams of what is believed to be cocaine; six Xanax bars; and 220 bags weighing about 1,210 grams of a green plantlike material believed to be marijuana.”“Watson was found to be in possession of six bottles containing 15 milliliters of THC oil; 10 bags of a green plantlike material weighing about 20 grams believed to be marijuana; two grams of a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine; four Molly capsules; 14 bags of a crystal substance weighing about 14 grams of a substance believed to be Molly; and 13 bags of a powdery substance weighing about 13 grams believed to be Ketamine.”Both Wiley and Watson are currently being detained by authorities on $255,000 and $50,000, respectively, and are due to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court on August 12th on charges of manufacturing, delivering, selling and possession of a controlled substance, and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.[via ABC13 News]
On a beautiful summer night in Peoria, IL, Umphrey’s McGee played a fantastic Thursday NIGHT show to a crowd that was very eager to hear the band’s progressive rock sounds. The show had it all- a great opener in The Main Squeeze, huge jams in “Resolution” and “KaBump,” rarer tunes like “Kula” and “Eat,” the latter having an “Orfeo,” sandwiched inside. Without a doubt Umphreaks couldn’t have been be any happier with the show!The Main Squeeze started off the night with their funky and soulful tunes. Although the crowd was not quite as big as it would become when Umphrey’s would take the stage, there were still quite a large number of people that made it in time for the opener. The Main Squeeze played “Where Do We Go?,” and closed out their set with “Two Steps.”Umphrey’s wasted no time in continuing the good music. Instead of opening with a meandering Jazz Odyssey as they are prone to do, they came out firing with a very danceable “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash. To add to the uniqueness, guitarist Jake Cinninger started on keyboards with Joel Cummins. It was a great way to start the show.When they finished and Cinninger donned his guitar, it was time for the rock-n-roll, and they played “All in Time.” The first set also included the rarer instrumental “Eat,” which had a beautiful rendition of “Orfeo” inside. Keyboardist Joel Cummins really shined for the version, and percussionist Kris Myers accompanied him for the second part of the tune. The entire “Eat” segment was a real treat. The improvisational highlight of the show was in “Resolution” which soared to a blistering peak in the way that only Umphrey’s can do. They finished the set with the ending of “All in Time.”The second set began with “Der Bluten Kat” that featured another rare tune, “Kula,” inside. If one wasn’t sure that they were actually playing, “Kula” then one was assured after they went through it the second time. For both choruses, Cinninger counted the band off, “One, two, three, FOUR!” Fan favorites “Ringo” and “Triple Wide” were both excellently played, but the best part of the night came in “KaBump.” A song that is not well known to the casual UM fan, the quirky guitar part is very catchy and usually leads to improvisation. This version certainly did. It actually got quite reggae-esque, and the beat was nice and slow. But they built it up, slowly and powerfully, until the jam was full-blown rock-n-roll. With the music just oozing energy they made a very nice segue into the set closing “Make It Right.”The encore contained “Waiting Room” followed by a “Mulche’s Odyssey” to cap the concert. The only thing that would have made the show better would have been a sit-in from Main Squeeze vocalist Corey Frye. Fortunately, there will be two more chances for that to happen, and, even better, you can stream those two shows here. Rock on Umphrey’s.Check out the setlist below, courtesy of All Things Umphrey’s, as well as a full gallery from Ojeda Photography.Setlist: CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing in Peoria, IL – 8/4/16Set 1: The Message > All In Time > Hourglass, Eat > Orfeo > Eat > In a Silent Way > Educated Guess, Push the Pig > Resolution > All In TimeSet 2: Der Bluten Kat > Kula > Der Bluten Kat, Ringo > The Triple Wide, Forks, Kabump > Make It RightEncore: Waiting Room, Mulche’s Odyssey with Jake on keys with Voodoo Child (Jimi Hendrix) tease with Rhiannon (Fleetwood Mac) teasesSupport: The Main Squeeze Load remaining images
The Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO is in for a serious night of funk on Friday, October 7th. With nine-piece, Brooklyn-based funk powerhouse Turkuaz bringing their electric live performance, along with the old-school soul jazz, boogaloo stylings of The New Mastersounds under one roof, it’s going to be a straight Friday night getdown (get tickets here).In support of this tour, the two groups recently joined together to play each other’s music and record a massive collaboration for a two-track release. The Split 7″ EP features both bands performing a cover song from the other artist’s catalog, while also joining in on the collaboration. Today, the funk squads are pleased to debut their first track, along with a music video, which features Turkuaz covering The New Mastersounds’ song “On The Border”. More information here.Turkuaz’s Dave Brandwein and company deliver tightly arranged pieces, some serious vocal prowess, a dope horn section, and dance-driven uptempo funk with about as much energy as a nuclear reactor. There is a reason they are drawing the crowds across the nation. Their latest album, Digitonium, is a lesson in how to properly craft a song while bringing the groove.With 20+ years under their collective belts, The New Mastersounds are truly the masters of the soul jazz and boogaloo scenes. Between their 2015 studio album Made For Pleasure, and the recent release of their live recording The Nashville Sessions, Eddie Roberts, Pete Shand, Simon Allen, and Joe Tatton are bringing that old-school flavor with a touch of hot sauce to warm you up.This is going to be a funk throwdown that you will not want to miss! Get tickets and more info here.Enter To Win Tickets:
Last night, The Motet brought the funk to Portland, ME, marking the band’s first-ever performance in recently-added vocalist Lyle Divinsky‘s hometown. Check out some behind-the-scenes clips of the band’s day in Maine below via their Snapchat (@TheMotet).After taking in the local culture with a signature Portland lobster party, the band pulled out all the stops for their sold-out show at the Portland House Of Music where they were locked in with the packed crowd, making for an unforgettable performance. The band live streamed a large portion of the show from their Facebook page last night (starting with “Damn!”). You can watch the video (featuring 50+ minutes of Motet magic) below:Setlist: The Motet at Portland House Of Music – 10/13/16BROTHER MAN, DAMN!, TRUTH, FUNKIFY, LIKE WE OWN IT, CRETAN, KEEP ON, DANGER, SHAKE, WEARING IT OUT, GETTEN TO KNOW YOU, SOLAR PLEXUS, BACK IT UP, CLOSEDEncore: FOOL NO MORE, SERPENTINEThe band rounds out the first leg of their fall tour this weekend, with performances tonight Higher Ground in South Burlington, VT and tomorrow at Paradise Rock Club in Boston. Tickets are available through the band’s website.[Cover photo – Lauryn Sophia]
Load remaining images Lettuce is currently on an extensive winter tour, giving them imperative opportunities to take in their diverse surroundings and turn them into the mix of sound and inspiration they are so well loved for. When Adam Deitch (drums), Jesus Coomes (bass), Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff (guitar), Neal Evans (keys), Nigel Hall (keys, vocals) and The Shady Horns’ saxophonist Ryan Zoidis and trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom are on the same stage, great, firing things happen – such has been the case for the last 25 years! Their excellence was furthered on Friday night for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Oakland when the funk powerhouse hit The Fox Theatre with their show-stopping live set to kick off a three-night California run.With openers The Floozies and The Russ Liquid Test on deck, the night got extra funky. Photographer Chris Baldwin was on the scene, so you can enjoy the full gallery below!For fans of Lettuce and The Floozies, you can catch them both at the 2nd annual Fool’s Paradise March 31 & April 1, 2017 in St. Augustine, FL alongside Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Motet, a special Manic Science set featuring Manic Focus and Break Science, The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, along with Oteil Burbridge and Antwaun Stanley as Artists at Large. The guys will also be leading several artist excursions, like sailing, mini-golf, and even a ping pong tournament to raise money for charity! Head here for more information.
***Update 4/14: George Porter Jr. has been added to this celebratory lineup.***Today, Blackbird Presents announced its annual “Second Weekend at the Saenger” concert series during Jazz Fest with “New Orleans Is Waiting For Columbus,” set to take place Saturday, May 6th at the Crescent City’s historic Saenger Theatre. The all-star event celebrates classic live album Waiting For Columbus, the most beloved album in Little Feat’s expansive catalog. The show will be led by musical director and Grammy-winning guitarist Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead) and Grammy-winning producer/multi-instrumentalist Don Was, as well as AMC/CMA Award-winning singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson, The Radiators’ Dave Malone, keyboard master John Medeski, legendary funk drummer Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Scofield’s Piety Street Band), horns master Mark Mullins (Bonerama, Harry Connick Jr.), and a handful of surprise guests.Named one of the 10 best live albums of all time by Rolling Stone readers, Little Feat’s Waiting For Columbus compiled live recordings from their 1977 performances at the Rainbow Theatre in London and the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The album–which went platinum and remains Little Feat’s best-selling release ever–features the band’s biggest hits, including funky 1970’s New Orleans-style tracks like “Dixie Chicken,” “Fat Man In The Bathtub,” and “Willin’.”Tickets go on sale March 31, 10:00 A.M. CT via Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000. Fans can also purchase tickets at the Saenger Theatre Box Office.[Cover photo via Rex Thomson]In addition to our long list of exciting late nights, Live For Live Music is partnering with “Crawfish King” Chris “Shaggy” Davis to host the second annual NOLA Crawfish Festival during the days between the two Jazz Fest weekends, from May 1st – 3rd at Central City BBQ. The event will feature all-star musical collaborations by John Medeski, Terence Higgins, George Porter Jr., Eric Krasno, Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, John “Papa” Gros, Ivan Neville, Cris Jacobs and more, in addition to craft beers and Shaggy’s world famous crawfish! For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to the event’s website.